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Genevieve Ames, PhD
Senior Research Scientist

Genevieve Ames received her Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley. She is a Senior Scientist at PRC, Professor, Adj. in the School of Public Health and affiliated Professor in the Medical Anthropology Program, U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Ames, a co-founder of the Prevention Research Center, has been Principal Investigator for NIH/DoD-funded studies for 30 years, and for 25 years has been the PI/Program Director for the Center’s NIH-funded Post-Doctoral training programs co-sponsored by U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health and PRC. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and Americans for Cures: Advocacy for Stem Cell Research. Dr. Ames’ major research foci include the influence of cultural, social, and physical environments on the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of hazardous drinking and drug use behavior in the context of various occupational cultures, the military, family life, ethnic groupings, young adults and among women. Her research has described links between alcohol and domestic violence, risky sexual behavior and costly workplace issues, explored risk factors for young adult substance use, identified new indicators of women’s drinking problems and described maternal alcoholism and the alcoholic family system. Her most current and ongoing study is identifying barriers to treatment for PTSD Army National Guard personnel returning from combat war zones.

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